Taiwanese pitcher Chen Wei-yin will be activated from the disabled list to start against the Texas Rangers today, the Baltimore Orioles announced yesterday.
Chen has been out for the past two months with an oblique strain after pitching well before the injury, going 3-3 with a 3.08 ERA in eight starts.
The 27-year-old Taiwanese made two minor league rehab starts with the team’s Double-A affiliate to get back in shape, tossing seven shutout innings in his last outing.
The Orioles decided to fit the left-hander into its temporary six-man rotation by having Chen take the turn of Chris Tillman, who was scheduled to start today’s game.
“We’re trying to give everybody a little extra rest and we can make some adjustments depending on what we do with our bullpen,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said when asked of the six-man rotation.
“Because of the four days [on All-Star break], it allows us to do whatever we want to do post-break. Everyone will have had rest to put them in the mix,” Showalter added.
Left-hander Zach Britton was to start for the Orioles in the second game of the three-game series against the Rangers on regular rest yesterday, allowing Chen to get an extra day of rest before starting today’s game in his first outing off the disabled list.
Chen said on Friday that he felt healthy and was looking forward to getting back on a major league mound.
Last year, his first season in the major leagues after pitching professionally in Japan with the Chunichi Dragons, Chen led the Orioles with 32 starts and 12 wins and finished fourth in the AL Rookie of the Year voting.